Kopple on Counterspin

I’m still waiting for Barbara Kopple’s documentary about the Dixie Chicks, Shut Up and Sing, to make it to the ‘ville, but until then, here’s an audio interview with her on FAIR’s Counterspin series (note: the interview is about twenty minutes into the show).

Completely Unrelated Update: Just a quick pointer to this NYT article on DC’s new graphic novel series aimed at teenage girls. If you push aside some of the marketing hype, there’s an interesting discussion about the representation of women in most superhero comics, as well as their attempts to recruit writers for this new series.

Another Unrelated Update: Some Saturday video fun courtesy of David at GreenCine. First, this priceless video of Rex Reed talking about the Oscars with Dick Cavett in 1971. Second, the cool new blog Expanded Cinema, which curates some obscure and compelling avant-garde and experimental films.

Also, I’ve been planning to link to Girish’s very interesting post about the categorization of his massive VHS collection (related “VHS is Dead” post, in part because his comments helped inform my reading of Barbara Klinger’s discussion of video collections in her recent book, Beyond the Multiplex, but alas, I’ve been a little distracted lately.

4 Comments »

  1. girish Said,

    November 28, 2006 @ 6:41 am

    Chuck, thanks for the tip on the Barbara Klinger book. I’ll look for it in the college library this week.

  2. Chuck Said,

    November 28, 2006 @ 10:28 am

    Klinger’s book looks like it will be really useful for my own thinking about cinema’s current transitions. I was just reviewing her chapter on collecting, though, and found that I disagreed with a number of her arguments about collecting and cinephilia, namely her suggestion that collecting “removes [films] from the public sphere, inserting them into a private totality” (88). She later identifies collecting with a “false sense of mastery,” solipsism, and “apolitical modes of evaluation” (88-89).

    If anything, cinephile blogs (and your description of your VHS collection) have shown that the impulse to collect is linked to sharing and communicating, something that I think gets blurred out in her consumerist-oriented model of collecting.

  3. Chuck Said,

    November 28, 2006 @ 12:18 pm

    Worth noting: BBC article reporting that online video is “eroding TV viewing.”

  4. Chuck Said,

    November 28, 2006 @ 12:20 pm

    Also worth noting: via Smart Mobs, an article about a school in Quebec that “banned personal electronic devices in the classroom after students videotaped a teacher yelling at a student and the footage ended up on YouTube.”

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